The Papers of General Nathanael Greene

From Governor Thomas Jefferson of Virginia


I now do myself the pleasure of transmitting you information on the several heads of your requisitions.[1] I am sorry that full compliance with them has appeared impracticable. Every moment however brings us new proofs that we must be aided by our Northern brethren. Perhaps they are aiding us, & we may be uninformed of it. I think near half the enemy's force are now in Virginia & the states South of that. Is half the burthen of opposition to rest on Virginia & N. Carolina? I trust you concur with us in crying aloud to Congress on this head.[2]
I sincerely rejoice with you on Genl Morgan's late important success.[3] Besides the real loss sustained by the enemy in the force they were moving against us, it will give us time to prepare for the residue. The prisoners taken on that occasion I shall certainly take the liberty of handing on Northwardly through this state. For the reasons for doing this I beg leave to refer you to the inclosed.[4]
Doctr Brownson received £75,000 equal to £1000 specie. For the balance he must wait until the assembly meets.[5] They are called together on the 1st of the ensuing month. I hope they will then determine to make up their quota of men fully.[6] I have the pleasure to inform you that we have reason to expect during the two ensuing months very full supplies of all necessaries for our army from France, on a contract we had made the last spring. I hope too that their escort is such as not only to render their entrance secure but to promise something further.[7] I have the honour to be with very great esteem & respect sir

your most obedt & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

Letter signed (N).
    [1.] The enclosures, which have not been found, undoubtedly concerned NG's requisition of 20 November 1780 (PGNG, 6: 493-94n).
    [2.] Virginia had sent Benjamin Harrison, the speaker of its House of Delegates, to Philadelphia to seek assistance from Congress. (See note at NG to Harrison, 20 January, PGNG, 7: 162-163.) Jefferson was presumably asking NG to support Harrison's request.
    [3.] On Gen. Daniel Morgan's victory at Cowpens, see Morgan to NG, 19 January (PGNG, 7: 152-161).
    [4.] The enclosure has not been found. It may have been a letter from Jefferson to Congress requesting the removal of British prisoners from Virginia. (See Jefferson to Samuel Huntington, 15 January, and Jefferson to Harrison, 29 January, Boyd, Jefferson Papers, 4: 370, 466-67.)
    [5.] In his letter to Jefferson of 15 January (PGNG, 7: 122), NG had requested £3,000 in specie for Dr. Nathan Brownson, purveyor general for the southern hospitals.
    [6.] As seen at Steuben to NG, 4 February (PGNG, 7: 249-250), Virginia was still at least 25 percent short of raising its quota of troops for the Continental service.
    [7.] The French vessel Le Comite brought a load of military stores, including 1,100 muskets, purchased by Virginia. Because of British naval activity, the supplies had to be landed in Rhode Island and did not reach Virginia until early May. (Madison, Papers, 3: 39, 81, 109n)